A generous stranger leaves a footprint in Indonesia

As CEO of World Vision Australia
World Vision Australia CEO Tim Costello and Dodik’s sponsor, Andrew LeFort from Western Australia, with Dodik and his dad

A generous stranger leaves a footprint in Indonesia

During the last 11 years, I have often been privileged to see firsthand what the compassion of strangers can achieve. As CEO of World Vision Australia, I regularly meet children and families around the world whose lives have been transformed by the kindness and generosity of donors in Australia. Their stories of hardship, sacrifice and ultimately of hope often amaze me.

“The day I met Dodik was an extraordinary one for both of us. After three years confined to his home, Dodik was finally returning to school. And he was walking there!”

One of these children was a small, shy boy named Dodik. When Dodik was nine, he damaged his spine in a bike accident and could no longer walk or move his arms. His parents, who live in the slums of Indonesia, could not afford the surgery he needed, and so Dodik was left bedridden, unable to go to school or play with his friends for three long years.

The day I met Dodik was an extraordinary one for both of us. After three years confined to his home, Dodik was finally returning to school. And he was walking there!

It was the big heart of a generous stranger, Dodik’s sponsor in Western Australia, which caused this transformation. World Vision arranged for Dodik to receive months of physiotherapy to move his arms and legs again. Seeing the anticipation on Dodik’s face as he took those first tentative steps in his new shoes was incredibly moving.

For the last seven years, Jetstar has been World Vision’s partner in helping children like Dodik. You too can be a generous stranger who changes the life of a child in need, when you give to Starkids on your next Jetstar flight.

 

Words: Tim Costello, World Vision Australia, CEO | Photo: Ilana Rose/World Vision.